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According to the National Transportation Safety Administration, 94-96% of vehicle accidents occur due to human error. Distracted drivers, talking on the phone while driving, not following traffic rules, etc., are some of the most common reasons behind deadly incidents. However, the advent of ADAS technology a couple of decades ago has made vehicles much safer! Here’s how ADAS enhances vehicular safety.

What is ADAS?

Advanced Driver Assistance System, aka ADAS, utilizes motion sensors and cameras to reduce collisions, ensuring safe driving. The system instantly alerts the driver as your vehicle comes within a close range of an object or person. Its features include:

  • Parking assistance
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Backward and forward-collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic emergency brakes

Automatic Emergency Brakes

ADAS comprises proximity sensors that detect an impending collision and prevent it by notifying the driver or applying emergency brakes automatically. Some systems only have the warning system without the stopping mechanism, whereas others get the full package.

Lane Departure Warning

The lane departure warning system warns you when the vehicle is drifting from its lane. If you ignore the warning, the ADAS will take command of the wheel and steer the vehicle back onto the right lane for you.

Blind Spot Navigation

The induction of this ADAS feature has reduced the rate of crashes by 14%. It warns you when a car in a parallel lane is in your blind spot. If you change a lane and a car is in your blind spot, you may get into an accident. A blind-spot monitor helps you know if there are any oncoming vehicles in your blind spot.

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Adaptive Cruise Control

The cruise control system helps you drive well within the speed limit. It controls the accelerator pedal, preventing you from potential accidents. You can also have it installed to rest your feet during long drives.

The latest ADAS offers a more adaptive version of the cruise control feature as it adjusts the speed according to the traffic on the road, enabling you to know when to slow down to avoid an accident.

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